Topic: Legislation and guidance

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

ASCAP/BMI decrees to remain in place

A pair of legacy antitrust judgments regulating much of the music licensing industry will remain in place, outgoing assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim has said.

19 January 2021

SAMR head signals tougher antitrust enforcement

The head of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has said that the agency will focus on strengthening competition enforcement in 2021 to comply with the government’s economic agenda.

13 January 2021

EU seeks feedback on antitrust exemptions for gig workers

The European Commission has followed up on its promise to protect gig workers by consulting on proposed exemptions from competition rules that would allow certain groups to form collective bargaining agreements.

06 January 2021

EU reveals draft gatekeeper rules

The European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act contains a long-awaited definition of “gatekeeper” platforms that will be forced to notify the enforcer about their every acquisition and abide by a host of new rules if the proposed bill becomes law.

15 December 2020

Sims: enforcers can learn from Asian counterparts on digital issues

Western enforcers should pay more attention to how agencies in Asia are fighting the anticompetitive conduct of large technology companies, the head of Australia’s competition authority has said.

08 December 2020

CMA calls for mandatory notification of tech deals

The UK’s competition watchdog has advised the government to implement a new mandatory merger notification regime for powerful tech companies that have “strategic market status”.

08 December 2020

New competition tool will be “more targeted” than CMA powers, Vestager says

The European Commission’s new competition tool will be less powerful than the UK antitrust enforcer’s market investigations regime, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

07 December 2020

FDI screening mechanism will lead to “bedlam”, EU lawyers say

Practitioners have warned that the European Commission’s new screening mechanism for foreign direct investment is likely to become “log jammed” as the authority balances it with merger control and potential foreign subsidy reviews.

02 December 2020

CMA warns of parallel investigations after Brexit transition period

The UK’s competition watchdog has said a “significant proportion” of deals will face parallel merger investigations in the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period, while also warning it could issue interim orders to deals already approved by the European Commission.

02 December 2020

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